MDE1326 - Post-medieval stone quarry on Furzehill Common (Monument)


A disused post-medieval stone quarry is visible as an irregular, circular earthwork. It was previously interpreted as a hut circle or cairn.

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(SS 73254458) Hut Circle (NR). [1] This feature is shown but not named on the Ordnance Survey six inch map of 1962. It is not listed by Grinsell, but may be a cairn as are other alleged hut circles in this vicinity. [2,3] McDonnell observed an irregular circular earthwork, possibly a small quarry, at SS 7325 4458. It is visible on aerial photographs dating from 1947 and 1977. [4-6] SS 7325 4459. A disused stone quarry, shown (but not annotated) on the 1889 Ornance Survey Map. [7-8] A small circular stone quarry or extractive pit of probable post-medieval date is visible on aerial photographs on the west of Furzehill Common, Lynton and Lynmouth. It is depicted but not annotated on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map of 1890, suggesting it was abandoned prior to publication. It was recorded on the Devon HER as a third ring cairn, but when viewed in stereo it is clearly a cut feature [7,9-10] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [11]

Sources/Archives (11)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1896. County Series, First Edition 6 Inch Map. 1:10560. 1891.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1962. 6 Inch Map: 1962. 1:10560.
  • <3> Serial: Devon Archaeological Society. 1929+. Devon Archaeological Society Proceedings. 124.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Eardley-Wilmot, H.. 1981. Worksheet in Devon HER. RAF/CPE/UK/1980, 4079 (April 1947).
  • <5> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. MAM/13/072 (May 1977).
  • <6> Unpublished document: McDonnell, R.. 1980. Gazetteer of Sites in the Exmoor National Park Identified through Aerial Photography. SS7344a.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1868-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500. 1889, Devon 7(6).
  • <8> Unpublished document: Sainsbury, I.S.S. Field Investigators Comments. RCHME Field Investigation, 12 September 1994.
  • <9> Aerial photograph: Various. Various. Vertical Aerial Photograph. NMR OS/72314 281-82 (16 August 1972).
  • <10> Archive: English Heritage. 2007-2009. Exmoor National Park NMP: SS 74 SW. MD002182.
  • <11> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 35494, Extant 12 January 2022.



Grid reference Centred SS 7325 4458 (32m by 32m) Estimated from sources
Map sheet SS74SW

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Other Statuses/References

  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 12267
  • Devon SMR: SS74SW/57
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20341
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MMO114
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 74 SW58
  • National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35494

Record last edited

Jan 12 2022 4:14PM


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